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McCullom Lake Road improvements pushed to next year

McCULLOM LAKE – Improvements to McCullom Lake Road will be taking a backseat to installing the next phase of storm water sewers, the McCullom Lake village president said.

Village officials had been in talks to obtain Community Development Block Grant funds for both projects, but only one came through, Village President Terry Counley said.

Instead, the McCullom Lake Village Board moved ahead with making minor repairs, mostly patching, that will serve as "band-aids" until the improvements can happen, he said. The village cannot afford to do the project, which rough estimates put at more than $300,000 for just repaving, without grants.

The village has been making improvements to its storm water management system for the past three to four years, Counley said. The goal is to get standing water in the west end of town to flow into the lake via storm water sewers.

One final phase remains after work wraps up on this season's construction, which is expected to take about three more weeks. The village is also hoping to get grant funding for that final phase.

For the current phase, the village was only responsible for the engineering portion of the project, not construction costs.

"It was a big time issue," Counley said. "Now you don't see anymore standing water even when it rains really hard. It was an awesome project."

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